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Maryville Elementary students return to class despite construction concerns from parents

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If the sign didn't say so, it might be hard to know students are back in class at Maryville Elementary. 

Instead of school buses, backhoes fill a lot of the parking lot. Instead of a bunch of students at recess, there are several construction workers outside.

"It's exposed construction everywhere you look," said parent Natalie Ray.

The fact that this school zone is also a construction zone isn't exactly a surprise.

"We knew when this whole thing started last year that it was going to take a while," said parent Victoria Nichols. "I didn't realize the scope of it until right now."

Class was supposed to start last week, but the plumbing failed a health department test. Now, parents like Ray are wondering if class should've started this week.

She went in Monday with her second grader, Jasmine, and started snapping pictures.

"To actually go in and see it for myself, I was just a little devastated," Ray said.

She added that she caught exposed wiring, pipes and duct work on her phone. That concerns her.

"I think it's a safety issue on numerous points," she said. "These kids don't know not to touch this stuff, and it's going to be real easy for them to get hurt."

Then there's the issue of school lunch. JCPS Nutrition tells WDRB it's providing breakfast and lunch for students at Maryville for the rest of the week and lunch from Monday to Wednesday next week.

Bullitt County Superintendent Keith Davis didn't comment on this story Monday, but he did address the issues last week.

"Sometimes things just don't work out the way you want them to, and this is one of those times," Davis said.

Still, it has some parents questioning him and hoping for smooth sailing moving forward.

"I'm just hoping they'll have it finished by January like they say they will," Nichols said.

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